The 2021 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize sedan that provides buyers with a spacious, upscale cabin and a cavernous trunk. Customers at the Seaside Volkswagen dealership told us they also appreciated the Passat’s outstanding ride, comfortable seating, long list of standard features and great value. Buyers looking for a family sedan should take a good look at the 2021 Volkswagen Passet.
According to the Volkswagen dealer near Seaside, the 2021 Volkswagen Passat is offered in three trim levels, S, SE and R-line. Powering the 2021 Passat is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel economy is exceptional. The 2021 Passat returns an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway.*
The automotive reviewers at CarIndigo gave the 2021 Volkswagen Passat hearty praise, writing: “The 2021 Volkswagen Passat is a mid-size sedan that offers extreme comfort along with enough cabin-space for you and your family to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.”
Step into the Passat’s cabin, and you’ll immediately notice its high level of sophistication and quality. There’s lots of legroom to keep even tall passengers in the front or the rear happy and comfortable, even when taking long trips. The seats are relaxing and supportive, with simulated leather upholstery. The trunk provides 15.9 cubic feet of space, large enough to take along anything you’ll want to bring along for the ride.
Standard tech features for the 2021 Volkswagen Passat base S trim include a 6.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Mirror Link, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Options include a Wi-Fi hotspot, an eight-speaker Fender premium stereo system, a navigation system, a sunroof and two additional USB ports.
Standard safety features include a full set of airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, daytime running lights, electronic brake assist and more. Advanced safety features that come standard include pedestrian detection with automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and a rearview camera.
The top-spec R-Line trim adds a larger 8.0-inch display, navigation and the premium audio system. Also standard in the R-Line is a six-month subscription to VW's Car-Net services, which provide users with access to many features remotely via a smartphone.
Safety is important to family sedan buyers. As of this writing, the IIHS and NHTSA have yet to publish crash test ratings for the 2021 Passat. However, the vehicle is essentially the same as last year’s model, so we expect identical marks. The NHTSA gave the 2020 Volkswagen Passat five-out-of-five stars for overall safety, while the IIHS awarded the Passat with its top score of Good. The IIHS also gave the 2020 Passat its highest rating of Good in all crash tests, as well as Good for the head restraints, seats and ease of use of the LATCH system.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.